Monday, June 10, 2013

4 Gifts that ALL Kids Deserve from their Dad

It's Father's Day Weekend, and I want to take this opportunity to remind you and me what Father's Day is all about. We often get so covered up trying to provide for the family that we often forget what our kids need from us the most. They won't remember how high we climbed on the career ladder. They won't value our accolades and accomplishments like we do. In fact they really don't care that we work, but there are 4 gifts that every child deserves to receive from their dad.


This is the number one thing all kids need from dad. Kids value quality time spent with their dad. No matter what happens, kids want to spend as much time as possible with their dad. The way we spend our time builds or tears down their self confidence and ultimately tells them just how important they are. 

Spend lots of time with your kids!

Dads play a huge role in education. We place the value on education. If kids see that their dad is involved in their education, they will place a high priority on it as well.   The key word is involved, not aware. Dads need to be actively involved (doing something) in order for their kids to see its benefit. If dads aren't involved in helping their kids learn, the kids won't be involved in learning or see its value either. 

Teach your kids to love learning.

All children are born into this world with an innocent spirit. It is the dad's job to protect and nurture their children's spirits. That means dads must develop their own spirit first and then show their children how to discover and build their faith. 

Pray for and with your kids.

Faith, hope and love are the greatest gifts, but the greatest of all is love. Real dads drop the bravado and show their children love through both word and action. Children who hear and see their daddy's love will have the greatest gift that no tangible item could ever replace.

Hug your kids, and tell them you love them. 

The older I get, 
The more I reflect on whether or not my kids are getting enough of their real needs met by me. One day they will be on their own, and they will not need their dad.  I hope I will have done the best I could to teach them the value of time well spent, the importance of a great education, the positive impact of spirituality, and what love truly is.  If I did my job, there's a strong chance that I will have succeeded as a dad in preparing them for the crazy world that awaits them. And if I'm really lucky, they won't need their dad. They'll want him. 

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